Do you play your March Madness bracket game like a lottery, hoping a few bucks can turn into $1 million, or do you handicap it like a sports bettor, grinding out wins and trying to claim the smaller, guaranteed prize?
This is the main difference in March Madness bracket contests that pop up by the dozen - and maybe the answer to the question above is this: I like to play them all!
We scanned the web for some of the best bracket games out there, some with huge lottery-style payouts, others with more conservative numbers but with guaranteed prizes that sometimes result in more payouts.
If bracket games are not your tournament betting cup of tea, check out odds on every game in March Madness, the NIT, the collegeinsider.com tournament, and more.
Sportsbook.ag - the best contest with the most guaranteed money that we could find is the Sportsbook.ag Bracket Madness game. For a $15 pool, you have a chance at a $75,000 guaranteed first prize and $100,000 in total prizing.
In total, the top 1,005 players get paid. Also check out the Madness bonus offers.
5Dimes - they call it sheer madness and with a $10 million grand prize, it is sheer excitement if you can pick bracket winners. For a $10 pool, you qualify for $10 million if you pick a perfect bracket. A $5 ticket gets you in the pool for $5 million. [ Read more about the various March Madness contests ]
There are also other bracket pools where they pay out 100% of the pot. Check out 5Dimes as well for the best college basketball odds on favorites this March.
Bracket Buster - Guaranteed Prizing - visit
has traditionally chosen smaller prizes, but guaranteed them. This year, their contest runs as a Facebook app and is the best-looking bracket contest on the web.
Follow the links to find the Facebook game and qualify for cash, prizes, and bragging rights.